Bowler's Reference
 The Spare Shot

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The KISS Spare System

While the 3-6-9 and 2-4-6 spare systems are valid, they are somewhat dated.  Similarly, the Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) spare system has merit, and should be considered as well.

The other spare systems focus on the use of your strike ball.  As lane patterns evolve, ball surfaces change, and bowling skills change, reliance on a straight ball has merit you may want to consider.

The KISS System relies on using a spare ball having minimal hook rather than a reactive ball.  Spares, then, are the result of straight spare shots rather than hooking balls.  This requires, of course, that you don't add any turn on the ball, and focus more on accuracy.

The KISS spare system technique is similar to the 3-6-9 system, and uses fixed targets used to convert spares.

Opposite-side spares targets are adjusted by moving the feet 2 boards on the approach for each key pin spare.  Likewise, ball-side spares targets are adjusted by moving the feet 2 boards for each key pin.

KISS System

Pin Leaves Adjustment

1 or 5 pin

Use strike alignment.

2-key pin

Move 2 boards right.

4, 8, 7-8 pin

Move 4 boards right


Move 6 boards right.

3, 3-5-6 pin Target 2 boards left
6, 9-10 pin Target 4 boards left
 7-pin Target 6 boards right


Learning what to choose, and how to choose,
may be the most important education you will ever receive.


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